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Old Dec 7, '10, 7:31 am
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Default Is it wrong to put others before your wife and family?

Is it wrong to have the philosophy that places the needs of others (friends or strangers) before the needs of your wife and family? I grew up trying to follow the ways of Jesus to always put others first. Then I got married and was told that I needed to put her first above the others. It has been 16 years and I cannot change my ways. Am I wrong for this?

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Default Re: Is it wrong to put others before your wife and family?

Yes, unfortunately, but you are not alone. Also in the wrong is whoever prepared you for marriage 16 years ago who did not make sure you fully understood that your wife and the family the two of you would create were the first "neighbors" God had given you to love and support, after himself in order of priority. Now, all you can do is to work on changing your attitude that you "cannot change." If you will to change, you can indeed do so. Pray to God for the grace that your feelings will be brought around to conform to what you now know to be right. If you need further help with this, I recommend contacting the Pastoral Solutions Institute.

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